Rookie Friend and his player agent Steve Gillis has to face the Roosters disciplinary group today – where the outcome was confirmed as the hefty fine and future education for the young player.
Currently playing off the Roosters bench, Friend’s form has been impressive and he is seen as a future star of the club. At this stage, Sydney won’t be standing him down and he will be playing as a substitute in their game against the Raiders in the ACT.
The decision to leave Friend in the team was interesting, with some feeling the NRL may step in to ban the player for at least a single match.
“He was extremely remorseful and contrite and acknowledged his very poor lack of judgment,” confirmed Roosters officials.
“He expressed sincere disappointment and apologised for his serious mistake.”
“The club view this matter very seriously and taking into account his remorse, honesty, youth and unblemished record at the club, we have issued the following financial penalty: a fine of $10,000.”
The player has also agreed to undertake the traffic offenders’ program.
“The club believes that these rehabilitation measures are in the best interest of both the player and the game and will provide a much better outcome than standing the player down.”